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PubMed Essentials (on-demand)

Do I need to register?
Yes, you will need to register for an NNLM account (if you don't already have one). Once you are registered, we will send you a confirmation email. Create an account in Moodle (if you don't already have one) and use the enrollment code from the email and enroll in the Moodle class. After you do that, you will be able to work on the class whenever you have time.

What is this class about?
This class is about PubMed, a free resource that provides access to the National Library of Medicine database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences. If you've wondered what disciplines are included in PubMed or how to search for a specific article, this short course is for you.

Who should take this class?
If you are new to PubMed or just want a refresher this online, self-paced class is for you.

What is the format of the class?
The class is made up of 12 very short video-modules (2-3 minutes each) with interactive exercises built into each video-module so you can explore PubMed at your own pace. PubMed Essentials is an on-demand, online class that is available via Moodle 24/7 (upon registration).

How long does the class take to complete?
The course is designed to take approximately one hour to complete.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define the scope of PubMed
  2. Do a PubMed Subject Search
  3. Describe how a Subject Search works
  4. Find a Known Citation
  5. Find articles by a specific author
  6. Find a specific journal title
  7. Obtain the full-text of an article
  8. Find Systematic Review literature
  9. Find the latest about treating diseases
  10. Build a search with MeSH
  11. Create a Collection
  12. Save a PubMed Search
Class Length: 
One hour
Course Owner(s):
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Continuing Education:

Upon completion, this class is worth 1 MLA CE credit.

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